Painting a rubber tire

Old 06-25-06, 11:27 PM
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Painting a rubber tire

I have a large (5 ft. diameter) tractor tire that I will be turning into my son's sandbox. What type of paint should I use to protect it from the elements. Should I prime it first. I have some Zinsser oil based primmer spray paint, will this work. Then top coat with any exterior paint. Thanks for any suggestions in advance.

Also any suggestions on what to use to cover the tire (as in a lid) would be greatly appreciated.
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Rubber doesn't really paint well. I suspect a light coat of oil primer might be necessary but latex is a little more flexable and would likely hold up longer.
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I think your best bet would be an Armor-all type product and a cover for when he's not using it (also keeps the local cat population from using it).
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I agree with towguy. Rubber will withstand the elements better than any paint could.
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Another vote for Armour-All
I know of know paint that will stick for more than a few uses
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When I was a lad, my neighbor had such a sandbox. That tire was already a used tire (who uses a brand new one?) and still looked good after 15 or 20 years.
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This tire was my sandbox as a kid (20 years ago. My grandfather bought it at a junk yard and painted it. He was a painter so it held up for 20 years. I just wanted to make it look new before I put it in the yard for my son.

By the way my grandfather has passed so I can't ask him what type of paint he used.

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